Mark Edmundson says:
Freud was imaginative, but he had little respect for what many considered to be the sources of imagination. Dreams, he told us, never give us anything that is new. They combine material from the prior day (the day’s residue) and from the repressed past. Childhood (pace Wordsworth) is not a time of bliss to which we can repair through memory for inspiration in the present. Children are miserable: they cannot have what they most want, and suffer and pine accordingly. And they are too young to find substitutes—substitutes for mum, substitutes for dad. Nature is not a halcyon world full of beauty to Freud, not a source of peaceful inspiration (pace Wordsworth twice). Nature is what Darwin said it was: red in tooth and claw and full of aggression at every turn, especially between people, who no more have souls inside them than lions or wolves.
(Quoted from “Sigmund Freud: snubbed by science, embraced by art,” in the May 6, 2016, issue of The Art Newspaper.)
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